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. both candidates campaigned hard in the buckeye state tuesday. in fact, romney is spending four out of five days there this week. the reason, a new cnn orc poll shows it is a close rate for ohio's 18 electoral votes with 51% of likely voters backing president obama, 47% for romney. that, of course, made closer after last week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. as romney continues to campaign in ohio, president obama is back in the white house this morning. nbc's tracie pots joins us now with all the latest from washington, tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. good morning, everyone. the president is closing the gap in a number of these battleground states and it continues to say the $5 trillion tax cut romney's proposing would add to the deficit and romney insists it is absolutely not true. >> if he says it's not true, then it's not true. okay. >> reporter: in battleground
, both candidates are on the road. while the president campaigns in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracy potts that is details from washington. good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. even with those jobs numbers that came out friday helping president obama, we are still seeing mitt romney with a boost after the debate, and today he will argue that under the president, america is weaker against enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, but over the weekend in florida, he focused on taxes and president obama. >> he will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income taxes by $4,000 a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was
the day out on the campaign trail. darcy spencer is following both campaigns tonight. >> today mitt romney still basking in the glow of his post-debate bump. and the president is reminding voters of the bailout of the auto industry, and it paid off. it's a weekend of debate preparation for president barack obama. he boarded air force one heading to williamsburg where he'll get ready for the town hall-style debate taking place tuesday. before leaving washington he reminded voters of his administration's rescue of the auto industry. >> but we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. we refused to let detroit go bankrupt. i bet on american workers and american injean newty and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way. >> reporter: republican contender mitt romney is in ohio first preparing for the debate, then campaigning. he says there's been a crescendo of enthusiasm for his campaign and hammered away at the president's record. >> the income of the median family in america has gone down by $4,300 per family. in times like this, what is he talking about? saving big bird. >>
. president obama and mitt romney are both hitting battleground states this weekend. the president will head to williamsburg, virginia today for debate camp. he is expected to stay until tuesday where he'll then travel to new york for his second debate against romney at hoft ra university. romney will travel through the buckeye state today making several stops. >>> protests in d.c. are nothing new but one proposed protest features some unusual participants. two men are planning a rally called the million muppet march. in the first presidential debate romney said he would cut funding to pbs even though he loves big bird. that sparked an outpouring of support in favor of big bird. the men are hoping for a rally on the mall november 3rd the saturday before the election and they're planning to have skits and musical performances featuring the muppets during that rally. and it will be a rocking good time in ohio next week as the boss will meet up with a former boss. former president bill clinton will join legendary rocker bruce springsteen at a campaign event in the buckeye state. president clint
and their spouses are making a strong push in the state. mitt romney and his wife ann both made multiple campaign stops there yesterday. the first lady's event opens to on the public 2:45 this afternoon. >> president obama will try to appeal to young voters again today. he'll visit ohio state university in columbus. he's been to more than 30 college campuses this year alone. this will be his fourth visit to a campus in ohio in recent weeks. the president flies to the battleground state from california where a series of fund-raisers helped generate millions of dollars for his campaign. >>> republicans are focusing on another battleground state, north carolina. senator john mccain and house speaker john boehner are some of the gop leaders who will campaign for mitt romney in the tar heel state. the republican presidential nominee will visit north carolina later in the week. he campaigned in virginia yesterday. romney criticized president obama's foreign policy. he also vowed to be tougher on iran and help rebel forces in syria. foreign policy will be the focus of the next presidential debate which
in the past. >>> now to decision 2012. president obama and mitt romney are both hitting battleground states this weekend. the president will head to williamsburg, virginia today for debate camp. he is expected to stay there until tuesday where he'll then travel to new york for his second debate against romney at hofstra university. romney was also in virginia yesterday before heading to ohio. he'll travel through the buckeye state today making several campaign stops. >>> mitt romney's comments about cutting funding for public broadcasting are once again in the spotlight. two men are working on a million muppet march on the national mall. the organizers are hoping for a rally on the mall on november 3rd the saturday before the election. it's the -- in the first presidential debate romney said he would cut funding to pbs even though he loves big bird. that sparked an outpouring of support in favor of big bird. the men hope to have skits and musical performances featuring muppets during the rally. it will be a rocking good time in ohio next week as the boss will meet up with a former boss. for
from women in both the romney and obama camps. there is one thing the obama and romney campaigns can agree on. women are a key to victory. until last week's debate, the gender gap strongly favored president obama. he had a double digit lead with women. now as the poll are tightening, the advantage has begun to disappear. one reason both sides are trying to energize their female supporters by turning to the candidates' spouses. ann romney was in rif mond yesterday. this is the first lady's second time in virginia in a month. >> i think she he will braces those values that women embrace and care about. and i think she definitely fires the women up. >> reporter: obama supporters waiting in line before the event say they trust the president to preserve their rights. >> equal pay for equal work. >> i have a daughter. it took a long time for women to gain what we have as far as rights. and it would be taking a giant step backward to vote in romney. i mean, he is against the right for a woman to have control over her body. >> reporter: but romney supporters says reproductive rights and othe
in syria, health care and abortion. both often interrupted each other. biden criticized ryan and romney for launching political attacks about the attack on a u.s. consulate in libya before they knew the facts. ryan said the attack shows the u.s. is projecting weakness abroad. the two also took jabs at each other over job creation. >> i've had it up to here with this notion that 47%. it's about time they take some responsibility here. >> did they come here and inherit that situation? absolutely. but we're going in the wrong direction. look at where we are. the economy is barely limping along. it's growing at 1.3%. that's slower than it grew last year, and last year was slower than the year before. >> on tax reform, ryan said there aren't enough rich americans to tax to pay for all of the president's spending. vice president joe biden says the only way to pay for mitt romney's plan is to raise middle class taxes. >> both president obama and mitt romney say they're pleased with how their running mates did in last night's debate. president obama watched from air force one as he returned to
shows a surge for mitt romney. he is up now by five points over president obama in the midwest where ohio and iowa could determine the winner in november. both candidates happen to be campaigning in those states today. steve handelsman joins us now from the hill with more on a shift in strategy for romney. steve? >> reporter: thanks, jim. just a few weeks ago, mitt romney had all but written ohio off. now in that critical swing state in florida and virginia, in iowa, he is pushing back hard. mitt romney came to dusty iowa on his way to ohio with new confidence that he can win those battleground states. and a new willingness to open up personally. today about glen dougherty, a navy s.e.a.l. romney met at a party. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two form he s.e.a.l.s killed in bell gazay on september 11th. and it touched me, obviously. >> reporter: after the debate in denver, romney soared to a lead over president obama nationally among likely voters. in the pugh poll and the gallup survey. but they are seeing his numbers go down. >> definitely he got a
out of of the area. >> both president obama and mitt romney are preparing for tuesday's debate. the president is in williamsburg virginia for the next few days. he is planning on staying there until the debate. john kerry is again playing the role of romney, and romney is traveling all over ohio while preps for the debate. the match up is in new york, and it will be a town hall style. meanwhile, the latest poll numbers may be close, but president obama's campaign has one major lead this morning. with donations from four million people. a top campaign aide says that brings fund raising to more than 181 million. >>> if you haven't registered to vote yet in next month's election, time is running out. virginia voters have to register by tomorrow. absentee voting is under deadline. >> voters can still register in person through this friday. they have to go to any dc public library, fire house, or police station. >>> a traffic alert for drivers in virginia, major ramp and lane closures this weekend. drivers should use the through lanes to get bike, and the ramp for eisenhower and tel
minutes to the dulles toll road. back to you. >>> today both presidential candidate,on the campaign trail. romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech in virginia. the republican presidential hopeful will speak at the virginia military institute in lexington. the 30-minute speech called the mantel of leadership is romney's tenth address on foreign policy. the former massachusetts governor will criticize the president's, quote, passive leadership in the middle east saying, "i know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope, but hope is not a strategy. we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when our words are not backed up by deeds." today president obama will wrap up a two-day fund-raising trip in california. yesterday he spoke at a fund-raising concert with performances by john bon jovi and katy perry. and he attended a fund-raising dinner. >>> virginia's u.s. senate candidates will hold their second debate today. republican george allen and democrat tim kaine will square
swing. on the campaign trail, mitt romney stopped in mt. vernon, a manufacturing plant in a must-win state, who has something in common with his wife, ann. >> they are both breast cancer survivors. >> reporter: the romney campaign hopes this is a sign of a trend, the polls surge showing that the trend is higher among women voters. on monday, he seemed to soften his position on abortion. >> there is no legislation on abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> reporter: the obama campaign jumped on the comment, writing, we know where he stands on a woman's right to choose, pointing to last comments made in 2007. >> so i would like to see roe v wade overturned, and allow the states and the elected representatives and the people themselves have the ability to put in place the legislation >> i think i said time and again, i'm a pro life candidate and will be a pro life president. >> reporter: meanwhile, president obama talked about his lackluster performance. >> it is fair to say i was too polite. >> reporter: bill clinton mocked romney in las vegas monday
and expose potential weakness. both the president and mitt romney said they're pleased with how their running mates did. the president watched the face-off on air force one as he returned to d.c. from a campaign in miami. romney watched it from a hotel room in north carolina after a campaign event. the two presidential candidates will debate again themselves next tuesday, october 16th. >>> the u.s. is hoping to build a public-private partnership to fight cyber attacks. this comes as the u.s. points the finger at iran as a source of recent cyber attacks on oil and gas companies in the persian gulf. they appear to be in retaliation for u.s. sanctions against the country. panetta called those attacks possibly the most destructive the private sector has seen yet. >>> today a civil liberties and advocacy group will put out its own ads in metro stations to combat the ads that are pro israel. cares campaign in response to the anti-jihad posters. a c.a.r.e. spokesperson hasn't said what the ads will say,ut they will promote mutual understanding and challenge hate. >>> a montgomery county child defies
kaine, same is true of the people who vote for mitt romney will vote for george allen. both candidates are really looking for those potential crossovers, potential switchover voters. >> reporter: now, that debate sartz starts at 8:00 tonight. i'll have a full report on news4 at 11:00. julie carey, news4. >>> we have breaking news out of pennsylvania tonight. jerry sandusky is speaking out hours before he is scheduled to be sentenced on those sexual abuse charges. sandusky maintains his innocence in the statement that was released just moments ago and says, quote, they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. in my heart, i know i did not do these alleged disgusting acts. sandusky will be sentenced tomorrow after being convicted in june on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. >>> the police are investigating an extreme case of bullying at a school in southern virginia. six male students in castlewood, virginia, are accused of sexually assaulting other high school students off school property. police believe it's been going on since back in may. they've been allowed back
can choose which one they punch or punch both of them. >> i feel a little guilty about punching romney and obama. please don't take offense to that. >> i won't say who i was punching harder, but i was punching one of the candidates right in the face and it felt good. >> i think it's fun. it's a great thing to do in d.c. people are so politically inclined, involved, active. i think it made it more fun. >> this is what's happening right now in our country. everyone talks about it. but adding that spin to your workout, you're going to work out a little bit harder because it's something you're passionate about. >> taking out their political frustrations there. hey, the fit for office class is free to the public at some washington sports clubs. in virginia, this month only. >>> for a list of locations go to our website nbcwashington.com. >>> still to come on news4 at 4:00, a heated fight involving lindsay lohan and her mother, how the drama started in manhattan and ended with police at lohan's mother's house in the suburbs. >>> caught on tape, a man struck by an suv. but it's what happens n
to it. just search key word nats, o course. >>> mitt romney is gaining ground, fueled by a post debate bump. one poll shows them both neck and neck. and s.a.t. rules in effect today. what students now need to do before taking the test. >>> plus, bond takes on late night. look how daniel craig is ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait orinal are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> mitt romney's debate performance this past wednesday giving him a bump in the polls. a new reuters poll has him within two points of president obama, frailing him 47% to 45% among likely voters nationwide. that's compared to a six-point gap before the debate. romney's performance in denver game hiv a financial boost. his cam
. and it's news that the romney campaign is suddenly this competitive in ohio. no republican has won the white house without it. president obama carried it last time, and ohio itself has supplied us with eight american presidents over the years. both men running for the job were in ohio today along with nbc's peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign. and starting off our coverage in cuyuga falls, ohio. >> reporter: we're seeing real evidence that this race is tightening, not just nationally but in crucial battlegrounds like ohio. with both candidates descending on the buckeye state, the o in ohio could easily stand for offense. a new poll released late this afternoon showed president obama's once large lead in ohio has shrunk to just four points. touching down on akron on the last day ohioans will vote. mitt romney will campaign here four of the last five days. the president just wrapped up his 17th rally here, more than any other state. >> do not delay, go vote today. what do you think? all right, buckeyes, we need you. >> reporter: why all the attention on ohio? no republ
with the romney campaign, in virginia tonight, peter, thank you, and to the rest of our team, chief affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and our white house director, chuck todd, both in the washington bureau. chuck, let's begin with you, two new polls, different sets of numbers, what do the numbers tell you? >> reporter: look, when i dug into them, they both told us the same thing, there is a spike in the republican enthusiasm for romney, that is why you see the voters shifting towards romney. and it depends on how you wait to sample. and yes, one poll seems to be a little more republican than the gallup goal -- polls, there is more enthusiasm among likely republican voters than likely democratic voters. this has been a problem for the democrats for six months, and you're seeing more in this poll than the last debate. and the big moment will be joe biden, and paul ryan, you see them prepping in a way they have not done before. they have done a lot of mock debate sessions with joe biden. paul ryan has never been on this big a stage before. he has reviewed the sarah palin debate, watched jo
for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and his wife ann were making multiple campaign stops in virginia yesterday. the first lady's event opens to the public at 2:45 this afternoon. >>> people who live in the district today is the last day you can register to vote by mail. applications are available online and at public libraries, firehouses and police stations. anyone who misses today's deadline can still register to vote during early voting and on the election at their polling place. the election is tuesday, november 6th. >>> the top american counterterrorism adviser heads to libya today. john brennan will yet get an update on the investigation into the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last month. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. brenn brennan's trip comes a day before congress holds its first hearing on the attack. a state department official will be among the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he is expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks an
a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and his wife made multiple stops there yesterday. the first lady's event opens to the public at 2:45 this afternoon. >>> people who live in the district, today is the last day you can register to vote by mail. applications are available online and at public libraries, firehouses and police stations. if you miss the deadline, you can register to vote during early voting. the election is tuesday, november 6th. >>> storm team 4 meteorologist, veronica johnson inside. >> did you feel it? the cold easing up? >> i felt it a little bit. >> just a little bit. >> a little bit. >> i just want it not to be so damp. >> there's something about when it's damp, it gets into your bones. >> the worst combination. >> do we still need rain? >> we are down over seven inches. when it gets cold like this, people don't want the rain. they want it to be dry with a calm wind. we are at 56 degrees right now as you take a look over the potomac. the cloud cover is hanging tough. a mostly cloudy sky. dew point temperature is 48 degrees. the humi
for the championship series. >>> the race for t white house, the day after the vice presidential debate. both sides are claiming victory. but mitt romney is raising questions today about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. and what the vice president and others know about it. steve handelsman joins us live from cincinnati with the story. steve? >> reporter: jim, thank you. good evening from cincinnati, ohio. two hours after the debate site. this is a great place to eat. in a key county and maybe the key battleground state. so we hope a good place to gauge the effect of last night's debate. the election could hinge on hamilton county, ohio. cincinnati chili has the lunch favorite. but cincinnati voters swing between parties. barack obama won here in '08 but republicans are relieved today. >> last night's debate is not going to hurt us in the county. >> congressman ryan held his own. >> i will vote for obama, period. >> last night helped? >> just convinced it. >> reporter: paul ryan was upbeat this morning. >> i feel great. >> reporter: in danville last night, ryan drank a lot of water,
to see you. >>> coming up on a wednesday morning on "today," more on the presidential race as both president obama and mitt romney focus in on ohio. is the president spending too much time talking about big bird? we're going to ask a senior adviser to his campaign. >>> also ahead, the fbi searches the home of a missing 10-year-old colorado girl. we'll have details on that and hear from the girl's parents for the first time since their daughter's disappearance. >>> and then we'll take a turn and ask what happens when mom goes on strike. the answer, as you might guess, one big mess. we're going to meet a woman who just taught her daughters a valuable lesson. those stories plus some simple style changes that can make you look ten years younger. sounds pretty good when we get started on a wednesday morning here on "today." eun, back to you. >> it does sound good. i'm going to get my kids to watch it to see what happens when mom goes on vacation at home. >> it's an amazing story. definitely fun to watch. >> thank you, savannah. see you soon. >>> metro's money making plan for inauguratio
a vehicle. tontd, both sides are claiming victory in the viesz presidential debate. president obama watched from air force 1. mitt romney was in richmond today. but did the debate swing undecide ds voters? nbc news talked about who they saw as the winner. >> the vice president did? >> why? >> i think he came off as being very strong, emotional. >> vice president biden was being kind of immature with a lot of the skiend of snide sniers and everything. >> the next presidential debate, by the way, set for tuesday in hemstead, new york. right now, plans in the works for a million mup et march on the national mall, november 3rd. in that first presidential debate, romney vowed he will cut funding for public broadcasting: that sparked an online out cry and even a commercial from president obama comparing sesame street to wall street. two men came up with this idea for a rally supporting pbs. they hope to have skits and musical performances featuring the muppets. >> a legal fight brewing over new york city's ban on those super-sized drinks. plus, a new punishment for a high school bully. and we've
presidential debate, and biden answered, and then romney answered the following day based on that answer. let me play both of those now and we'll discuss it. >> and they wanted more security. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> he's doubling down on denial. and we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to people just brushing this aside. when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> it sounds, governor granholm, you have the vice president and the white house saying the next day, well, it didn't come directly to the white house. there were other people who handle all of that. the white house is saying one thing. the state department another. the white house saying the intelligence community gave them this information. kind of distancing themselves from that. this was an attack on 9/11 that killed our ambassador. is it sloppy the way it's being ha
in the first debate. the vice president was so aggressive and over the top in ways both pleasing and offensive to others. that is just not president obama's style, as a politics, as a person. so i think he will find his own way to be aggressive, challenge romney, disqualify romney. i think that's important. he will have to do it in his own style. within the bounds of this format where you have people in the audience who are asking questions that they will try to speak with. >> not only the people but the whole town hall format, does that lend to one strength over another in this case? >> it certainly is tough nor romney. but i think this is tough for the president as well. you have to mold a little bit. you have to connect. on the program this morning, we will go back to 1992 and the signature moments for president clinton when he was governor clinton yb in being able to feel your pain, as the expression goes. where he could identify with the people in the room. i think they both can do that as they talk policy, to also connect. we have seen in romney with an image issue, that is something --
between the two and will cover both foreign and domestic issues. analysts say the pressure is on paul ryan to maintain romney's momentum after last week's debate. joe biden's mission is to get the momentum back. >>> today president obama is taking his campaign to florida. he will travel to miami this afternoon and hold a rally at the university of miami. then this evening, the president will headline a fundraiser at a hotel. the event is expected to raise $1 million for the president's campaign. the president is also speaking out about his own lackluster debate last week in. two interviews last week, he said he had a bad night and that he was too polite. >>> mitt romney is clarifying his stance on abortion. during a campaign stop in ohio, he told reporters he'll be a pro-life president. he also renewed his promise to cut off aid to plan parenthood. earlier this week, romney told "the des moines register" that if elected, he would not pursue abortion related legislation. the obama campaign quickly pounced saying he was hiding his stance on women's issues. >> a new poll by nbc news, marist a
on their flight paths. >> both president obama and mitt romney are preparing for tuesday's debate and campaigning in swing states. the president is in williamsburg, virginia, and it planning on staying there until the debate. john kerry is once again playing the role of romney, and romney is traveling all over ohio while prepping for the debate. it will be a town hall style. the latest poll numbers may be close, but president obama's campaign has one major thing to celebrate. total fund raising has been more than $181 million. the republicans have not released their september fundraising numbers. >> if you have not registered to vote yet, time is running out. the deadline for maryland and west virginia voters is tuesday, while the mail in deadline for registration passed last week. they can still regular strer this friday at any brie brar, fire house, or online. special interest groups in maryland are spending big bucks. supporters for and against question seven that would pay for a casey know have spent more than 47 million. that's on pace to exceed their spending. there's also been big spending
on both sides, the job for the vice president tonight is to slow the momentum of governor romney. and ryan at this point, to try to change the dynamic once again, this is going to be a proxy fight, but you know what? paul ryan has a record, as well, and that is something that joe biden wants to exploit here. he will talk about the president and the 47% and talk about ryan as the idea of a lot of conservative thinking, the taxes, and spending. >> all right, david gregory, all part of the team for tonight's coverage of the vice presidential debate beginning tonight, 9 eastern, 6:00 on the west coast here on this nbc station. >>> we turn now to another major story out there today, the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots for back pain. the numbers keep climbing. according to the cdc's number today, 14 people now have died. 170 patients are sick, and now there are even more questions about the specialty pharmacy, the compounding pharmacy is that is the source of the bad medicine. our report tonight from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: family and friends said good-bye this week
to move to iran, because there's really no bigger national security this country is facing. both president obama and governor romney have said they will prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon, even if that means military action. last week former defense secretary bob gates said a strike on iran's facilities would not work, and, quote, could prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations. can the two of you be absolutely clear and specific to the american people how effective would a military strike be? congressman ryan. >> we cannot allow iran to gain a nuclear weapons capability. now, let's take a look at where we've come from. when barack obama was elected, they had enough nuclear material to make one bomb. now they have enough for five. they are racing toward a nuclear weapon. they're four years closer to a nuclear weapons capability. we've had four different sanctions from the u.n. on iran, three from the bush administration, one here. the only reason we got it is boss russia watered it down and prevented the sanctions from hitting the central bank. mitt romney proposed these sanc
-informed politicians. paul ryan and joe biden both had reason to feel good about how that came across here last night. a long-time democratic insider versus a republican young gun whose ticket has new momentum. mitt romney was watching. barack obama too. moderator martha raddatz of abc. they tangled on iran. >> we're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. it's because this administration has no credibility on this issue. >> we will not allow the iranians to get a nlear weapon. you're going to go to war, is that what you want to do? >> we want to prevent war. >> reporter: on the middle class what about mitt romney saying 47% of americans feel entitled to government benefits? >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporter: what about the obama stimulus, the recovery? >> job growth in september was slower than it was in august and august was slower than it was in july. we're heading in the wrong direction. >> 5.2 million new jobs -- private sector jobs. >> was it a good idea to spend taxpayer
, but he also said that mitt romney's debate was more style over substance, that debate really fueling the polls and we'll see if it's affected by the vice presidential debate this week. vice president biden, paul ryan debate on thursday. both of them out of the public spotlight as they continue to study for that. ryan is in florida. vice president biden is in delaware. he says he is focusing on ryan's speeches and on his budget. lynn? >>> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> a nashville hospital is reporting another death from the meningitis outbreak. that's according to the associated press. if confirmed, it would be the fifth deadly case in tennessee, the ninth nationally. at least 105 people in nine states from minnesota to florida have been affected. the cdc now believes 13,000 people in 23 states may have received steroid injections tied to this outbreak. while many are believed not to be at risk, those who got the shot between late june and september are being urged to get checked. >>> for the very first time we are hearing from jerry sandusky out of his sent
health care options that fit me. >> reporter: both campaigns know the candidates' spouses are a powerful way to fire up female voters. ann romney was in the richmond area yesterday and the first lady comes to loudoun today. these obama supporters say they believe that tightening of the gender gap is only temporary. they say for women, president obama is the only choice. >> i have a daughter. it took a long time for women to gain what we have as far as rights and it would be taking a giant step backward to vote in romney. he is against, you know, the right for a woman to have control over her body. >> i know how he feels personally about education and i know what he has said about education. and almost every woman with a child cares about education and cares about health care. so those are the two main issues that women are concerned about. >> reporter: so an eager crowd here waiting for the first lady. she should be on stage in the next few minutes. we'll bring you her remarks. julie cary, news4. >>> a federal judge today scolded the former d.c. county chair for disobeying court orders.
. the first pitch is set for just after 7:30 tonight. >>> both presidential campaigns are zeroing in on the battleground state of ohio. mitt romney will spend his second day in the buckeye state trying to keep up momentum from last week's debate. he campaigned in akron, ohio, and spoke alongside governor chris christie. president obama spoke outside ohio state university. early polls show mitt romney leading the presidential race this morning. according to a gallup survey, the gop candidate leads 49%-47%. president obama leads another gallup poll that surveys registered votes. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the hearing is expected to focu on security missteps by the u.s. state department. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in the attack. a state department official will be along the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he's expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks and months be
. and i think another thing that was interesting, as well, leaning on a compass, it seems like mrs. romney and mrs. obama both really are spiritual. and they look to a higher source, right? >> yeah. what became clear in these interviews, they both prayed daily. in different ways, but michelle obama said you can't be in this job and not lean on a higher power. as she talked about how she invokes that with daily prayer and how they pray at meal time with their kids. and ann romney talked about how she prays while she's working out in the morning. >> mrs. romney, i understand this is your first time meeting her. i've interviewed her, as well. what did you think about her? first impression? >> you know, she's lovely. she's warm and honestly she's more open than a lot of political wives or candidates that i've interviewed in the past, which i really appreciated. and i know "good housekeeping" readers will appreciate it. >> she brought you to tears. >> she was talking about the early days when she found out she had a mass -- before it was over, i had a few tears in my eyes too. she was very symp
. it will be the only debate between the two and will cover both foreign and domestic issues. analysts say the pressure is on paul ryan to maintain romney's momentum after last week's debate. joe biden's mission is to get the momentum back. debate coverage on nbc 4 begins tonight at 9:00 followed by news4 at 11:00. >>> we'll get more answers about the death of a giant panda cub at the national zoo. the cub lived for six days before it died late last month. zoo keepers now believe the panda was a female. a preliminary report showed the cub had liver abnormalities and fluid in its abdomen. the news conference starts at 10:00 a.m., we'll be there. look for the latest at nbcwashington.com. >>> hikers and bikers will see more police patrols on the popular trail in montgomery county after several violent attacks there. police say two attacks on capital crescent trail may be linked. they say a teenager grabbed two other teens on september 29th in the wisconsin avenue tunnel in bethesda and tried to rob them. on friday, police arrested a 16-year-old from rockville in the case. they believe the attack may be li
kept his cool. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, danville, kentucky. >> both campaigns are holing their own debate watch parties across virginia tonight. the republicans set up their office in arlington to watch paul ryan work in the debate. one of mitt romney's son, ben, stopped by to meet with voters there. democrats gathered at a watch party in fairfax to watch biden's debate performance. this is at one of the campaign call centers where volunteers raise support for their candidate. tonight the phones were mostly quiet while they watched the action in kentucky. >>> now to a developing story in maryland. several families are out of their homes after fire destroyed one townhouse and damaged two others. it happened off cann avenue this afternoon. plumbers were using a porch to join pipes together when the fire started. fire officials say there may have been a delay in calling 911. >> the whole house with all their belongings, with everything that family had in their is just -- went away. it's gone. it's a hole in there. >> homes on both sizes of the townhouse have also been deemed
were instant in both style and substance, we begin with ron mott traveling with the campaign in ohio, good evening, ron. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, as you can see behind me, governor mitt romney behind me in front of a very big crowd, about 8500 people, we're told. and we can tell you there is more confidence in the air around the republican ticket tonight, very pleased on how congressman paul ryan handled himself last night against a very seasoned debater, joe biden. reunited again after what the romney campaign says was a big win in kentucky last night, in a 90-minute marathon of disagreements over everything from social security and taxes. >> it has never been done before. >> reporter: the candidates fought over whether the obama administration dismissed security concerns at the u.s. consulate in libya. >> we were not told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security >> reporter: it was topic number one, a charged moment in the night for the wisconsin congressman. >> ronald reagan -- >> oh, now, your jack kennedy. >> reporter: as predicted by
that mitt romney has largely erased president obama's lead here in the crucial battleground state of ohio, and this morning both campaigns are trying to capture that special energy that exists in a near election and a narrowing race. with the calendar ticking down to november 6th on a crisp ohio night, mitt romney offered an alternative to the obama calls four more years >> i think the right chant ought to be four more weeks,our more weeks, all right. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie looked directly into the camera and delivered this blunt message. >> mr. president, you have lived inside 1600 pennsylvania for four years. if you can't change washington from inside the white house, then let's get you the plane ticket back to chicago you've earned! >> reporter: also in ohio, trying to hang on to a slim lead, president obama as a new poll shows romney has trimmed his opponent's advantage to four points. >> i need you fired up. i need you ready to go to vote because we've got some work to do. we've got an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2
became a one-point spad. even in the case of these two guys, both super-well-known governors, that things that happen to the top of the ticket can ripple down to senate races. and so as the race between romney and obama narrows in virginia, so does that senate race. back to you. >> big night out there. steve handelsman, thanks so much. >>> baker is campaigning for question 7 in maryland. it would expand gambling in the state. and baker has a message for people who think it's a bad bill. during a taping of viewpoint this morning, baker said the initiative would create 12,000 jobs in the state and 6,000 jobs in the county and raise much-needed revenue. baker is also behind the push to build a new casino at national harbor. he responded to critics' concerns. >> what do you say to your constituents who have a moral dilemma with this, in terms of addiction, concerns about crime and things of that nature? >> what i say to folks is, because maryland's already passed a gaming bill, we are currently -- it's legal to gamble in maryland. there are five sites they do it. and right now, people from pr
both the president and from mitt romney. nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is in cincinnati. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. we know winning ohio is critical but the real fight is happening on smaller turf, places like this, home to 800,000 people who know they are among the most sought-after voters anywhere. now in parts of the state, it's really predictable, for obama or for romney, hamilton county could go either way and might decide it all. picking sides in cincinnati is usually a fight over who makes the city's best chili, piled high and smothered in cheese, but now it's about ohio's biggest fall prize. >> register to vote right here. update your voter registration. >> reporter: winning southwest ohio's hamilton county. >> it is ground zero, right where we are. >> it's a county that president bush won in '01 but barack obama won in '08. >> reporter: the county has traditionally gone republican. >> this is a place we plan to reclaim in 2012. >> that looks like -- >> reporter: a shot at victory. >> what are the streets -- >
, we're back in ohio. that's how important this state is going forward. both campaigns spending a lot of time in the buckeye state. that's perhaps why we saw governor romney and paul ryan reuniting last night in lancaster, ohio. big crowd down there, about 8,500 jammed into the town square. but there is some ground to be made up for this campaign. polls show that president obama is still holding a lead over governor romney in ohio. but those polls also show that the governor is closing in, within striking distance now of the president. speaking of the president, he also was in ohio this week and admitted publicly that he had a bad night out in denver for that first presidential debate. obviously a lot of republicans and democrats agreed with his assessment. the president said he was too polite and that voters can expect him to see him being a lot more active in the second debate up at hofstra university in new york. back here in ohio, paul ryan's got a big day here. he's got two stops in ohio, starting with this rally a little later this morning, and then he'll go up to minnesota befo
in a new national poll. the pew research center gives romney a slight lead among likely voters. both candidates are campaigning today in ohio. it's the last day for voter registration in that crucial battleground state. >>> it's sentencing day for former penn state assistant football coach jerry sandusky, convicted of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period. several of his victims are expected to address the court. sandusky faces a sentence of up to 400 years but does plan to appeal his conviction. in a jailhouse statement played on a penn state radio station last night, sandusky said in my heart i know i did not do these alleged, disgusting acts. >>> for the first time in its history, the united states does not have a protestant majority. a new study from the pew forum on religious and public life finds that the percentage of protestant adults has fallen to 48% and the number of americans who claim no religious affiliation has increased from 15% to 20% in the last five years. >>> and now here's brian williams with a look at what's coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news." bri
. vice president joe biden criticized paul ryan and mitt romney for launching critical attacks about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya before they knew the facts. congressman ryan said the attack is projecting weakness abroad. the two are both snarky when referring to controversial comments made in the past. >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> on tax reform, ryan said there rcht enough rich americans to tax to pay for all of obama's spending. vice president joe biden said the only way to pay for romney's plan is to raise middle class taxes. this is the only vice presidential debate. the two presidential candidates will hold their face-off next tuesday, october 16th. >>> vice president ryan was often noted for what he did not say. he often laughed at paul ryan's comments. that caught the attention of twitter. biden's smile is out of control. and michael said, not sure cameras have been light tested for biden's teeth. best to watch for sunglasses. and someone tweet
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